London, United Kingdom

British Literature and the Birth of Mass Media: Victorian Periodical to Modernist Magazine

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

One of the first forms of mass media, the power of the periodical was tremendous. It shaped readerships, politics, morality, and some of our best-loved works of fiction. With a focus on literary magazines, this module allows students to engage with literature in its original published form and to work with original artefacts. In the first week, students will be given the intellectual and practical tools needed to handle and interpret physical and digitised periodicals through a series of seminars and workshops. Students will then have two weeks of seminars, workshops and excursions based around Victorian and Modernist periodicals, discovering familiar names in new contexts.

Course leader

Alistair Robinson and Alex Grafen

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll.

Course aim

This module aims to familiarise students with periodical cultures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In doing so it seeks to equip them with new research and archival skills, and new ways of understanding core texts and literary movements. By the end of the course students will have a well-developed understanding of one of the most important innovations in mass media and how it shaped literary history. This is a truly interdisciplinary module that brings the academic disciplines of English Literature, Social and Cultural History, History of Art and the History of the Book together. In doing so it will enable students to approach their future studies from new angles, and allow them to explore other disciplines with more confidence.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students who study for 6 weeks (2 modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is approx. £1100 per three-week session.